Happy Tuesday, everyone. Of course, the happiest part of Tuesday is getting another crack at DraftTeam’s MLB $2,000 Triple Play contest.
The last time we recommended Pittsburgh LF Starling Marte ($12,444), he went just 1-for-4. Undaunted, we’re back to pick him again. Marte is red hot, having lashed four hits Monday for his fourth straight game of at least three hits. The last Pirate to do that was Willie Stargell, way back in 1973, the same year that Tony Orlando and Dawn were tearing up the charts with this little ditty…
Better yet, the Pirates are facing a southpaw Tuesday (Jose Quintana of the White Sox) and Marte owns lefties this year (1185 OPS with five homers in 39 at-bats). The young Pirate just keeps getting better and he’s on pace to set new career highs in runs and ribbies this season.
Although he did score a run, we were correct in advising you to avoid Kansas City CF Lorenzo Cain ($9,405) in April. Well, now we suggest you grab him as he’s raking — hitting safely in six straight games (including his fifth homer Monday as part of a two-hit performance), to raise his BA five points. In just 55 gamers, Cain already has as many homers (five) as he did in 133 games last season.
Baltimore RF Nolan Reimold ($11,410) is enjoying a fine return to the Orioles since being recalled. We think he’ll keep the party going against Philadelphia SP Jerome Williams. In his career, Reimold is 3-for-6 with a dinger against Williams.
We already mentioned above how Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana ($20,753) may have difficulty with Marte. However, overall we like his chances on Tuesday. Quintana had such an awful start to the season (4.67 ERA through nine starts), but is turning it around now, big time (2.21 ERA over last three starts). He’s quietly turned into a solid hurler the last couple of seasons, so you know he’s better than he showed in the first part of 2015.
- Kyle Ryan will make his first start for Detroit Tuesday since officially taking over struggling Shane Greene’s spot in the rotation.
- With Aaron Sanchez hitting the DL, Toronto will turn to Scott Copeland — just recalled from Triple-A Buffalo — to start Tuesday.
- New York Yankees SP Nathan Eovaldi is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA over his last four starts and Tuesday he faces his former team, the Marlins.
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